Quantifying the WaPo’s Editorial Bias

Media Bistro‘s Christine Delargy quotes (3/23/09) at length from a letter to the Washington Post questioning the “lack of diversity on WaPo‘s Sunday editorial pages”:

Sunday’s editorial pages are presumably the most-read of the week. They should represent the most critical and varied thinking of the week and set the standard for editorial pages. Help me understand the thinking behind the selection of the March 15 writers:

Eleven white guys, one white woman. At least six are more than 60 years old. Four are elected Republicans, but none are elected Democrats, even though the Senate, the House and the White House plus a majority of the governorships are controlled by Democrats. I do not remember Democrats being overrepresented on your pages during their “wilderness years.” Quite the opposite.

Hopeful that such a persuasive letter might affect some change at the Post? First, consider Delargy’s other note about the paper’s responsiveness in general: “Also in this Sunday’s Post, WaPo‘s ombudsman Andrew Alexander points out ‘a corrections process in need of correcting,’ reporting that the paper has a backlog of correction requests dating back to 2004.” In other words, don’t hold your breath.